HIPAA HITECH Compliance News

Quarterly Risk Assessments Might Have Saved St Josephs $10 Million

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Got PHI in The Cloud?: Get HIPAA Compliant!

HHS issued new guidelines for covered entities or business associates who use cloud computing to create, maintain, store, transfer, or process PHI.   In a nutshell, every entity involved in the process must be HIPAA compliant even if the data is encrypted.

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Outdated BA Agreements: $400,000 Fine

Old business associate agreements cost Care New England Health System, Providence, R.I. a $400,000 fine.  Business associate agreements need to be updated to reflect current law plus you need to get "suitable assurances" that they are compliant.

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Fifty Ways to Lose Your Lover or PHI

Getting chosen for a HIPAA audit by HHS is a longer shot than winning the lottery, but there are other ways; lose a laptop, click on the wrong email link, sign a business associate agreement, expose PHI on the internet, toss paper records in the dumpster, etc., etc.

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HIPAA Certification: Quarterly Risk Assessment

A quarterly risk assessment showing progress on compliance is your best HIPAA certification.  Progress not perfection is what HHS and OCR seek and a quarterly risk assessment is the best certfication of progress.

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